Edinburgh is ideally placed for those keen to experience the unspoilt Scottish coastline. With the areas of East Lothian and Portobello on the city’s doorstep, there is plenty of scope to see a different side of Edinburgh, beyond its historical centre. The Scottish capital’s moderate size means that you can get from beach to bustling streets in next to no time at all.
Portobello is locally known as Edinburgh’s seaside and in the heyday of British seaside holidays, visitors flocked here to catch the rays and play in the sand. Today it retains a retro charm, and staying in a hotel here will suit those looking for a quieter getaway and some fresh sea air with tranquil views.
Only a few miles from Edinburgh’s cultural city centre, this relaxing beach and promenade area offers beautiful walks, quaint amusements, and water-based activities when the weather is fine.
For travellers staying in the area, look out for the lovely Beach House Café and some great pubs, including the Dalriada at the east end of the Promenade. Summer activities include sailing and kayaking, swimming and even beach volleyball competitions.
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